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Allen & Heath Qu-32 - 38-In/28-Out Digital Mixing Console

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Product Highlights
  • 32 Mic/Line Inputs
  • Recallable AnalogiQ Preamps
  • 33 Motorized Faders
  • 24 Mix Outputs
  • 32×32 USB Recording Interface
  • 4 Built-In FX Engines
  • 7" Touchscreen
  • iPad App for Wireless Mixing
  • dSNAKE Compatible

Designed to accommodate a wide variety of live sound reinforcement and recording scenarios, the Allen & Heath Qu-32 is a 38-in/28-out digital mixing console that doubles as a 32×32 USB recording interface. Featuring 32 of the company's recallable AnalogiQ microphone preamps, and powered by a 5 core ARM processor, the Qu-32 provides a variety of integrated effects and processing including channel-independent 4-band parametric EQs, compressors, delay and reverb.

The mixer is compatible with both the ME Personal Mixing System and dSNAKE digital connectivity system from Allen & Heath. The Qu-32 can also be used with the Qu-Pad app, allowing you to use your iPad to mix from anywhere in the venue when connected to a wireless network.

Engineered for intuitive navigation, the mixer also features a 7" touchscreen display, providing access to all settings. Furthermore, the mixer has 33 automatable, motorized faders for fast recall of levels when mixing FOH for multiple acts on the same stage, dealing with multiple monitor mixes, and similar scenarios.

Features at a Glance:
  • 32 Mic / Line Inputs (TRS + XLR)
  • 33 Motor Faders
  • 3 Stereo Inputs (TRS)
  • 24 Mix Outputs (XLR)
  • 4 Stereo Groups
  • 2 Stereo Matrix Outs
  • 4 DCA Groups
  • 4 Mute Groups
  • 4 FX Engines
  • 4 FX Sends / Returns
  • 10 Soft Keys
  • 32×32 USB Audio Interface
  • DAW MIDI Control
  • AES Digital Out
  • Recallable AnalogiQ Preamps
  • Qu-Drive direct Multitrack Recording / Playback on USB drives
  • 7” Touchscreen
  • iLive FX Library
  • dSNAKE Remote Audio Port
  • Compatible with ME Personal Mixing System
  • Qu-Pad iPad App
  • Trim, polarity, HPF, gate, insert, 4-band PEQ, compressor and delay on all Inputs
  • Insert, 4-band PEQ, 1/3 octave GEQ, compressor and delay on all Mix outputs
  • Built-in Signal Generator
  • RTA with Peak Band indication

 

AnalogiQ Preamps
Qu-32's twenty-four AnalogiQ total recall preamps feature zero crossing detection and a padless 1 dB step gain stage, closely allied to the DSP for optimal gain accuracy and audio transparency. The analog signal is captured by low-latency 24-bit analog-to-digital converters matched to 24-bit digital-to-analog converters to deliver the required outputs. The AnalogiQ design has been refined to offer transparency, minimal distortion, and an ultra-low noise floor, with a warm, musical sound
The Mixing Experience
Having massive processing power and advanced functionality is great, but it counts for nothing if you can't access the controls you need in a heartbeat. Once you start using Qu-32 you'll sense the years of research into ergonomics and the hands-on mixing experience that delivers a natural layout and workflow. It's not about recreating an analog interface, it's about creating an experience that's fluid, comfortable and intuitive for novices, digital natives and old-school road warriors alike, making all the benefits of digital mixing technology readily accessible to all
Touch Control
The 800 x 480, sixteen-million color touchscreen and its dedicated data encoder form the heart of the Qu-32 interface, providing fast access to all settings. The user-friendly interface has been designed with clarity in mind. Dedicated keys and screen tabs guide you to meter and RTA views, FX racks, channel processing, USB audio control, scenes, setup menus and much more
The SuperStrip
All your key processing tools are presented in a clean layout on the SuperStrip, with 1 function per physical control. The SuperStrip is complemented by an onscreen Touch Channel for intuitive access to full processing parameters without clutter or complex menu structures. Processing for Mono and Stereo inputs includes trim, polarity, HPF, gate, insert, 4-band PEQ, compressor and delay. The main LR and the Mono mixes have controls for Insert, 1/3 octave GEQ, compressor and delay. The Stereo mixes provide Insert, 4-band PEQ, compressor, delay and balance control
Fader Automation
Moving faders started as an expensive option in the studio desks of the '80s, and later became the norm with the advent of digital technology. Nevertheless some entry-level digital mixers lack this feature which is a fundamental part of the Total Recall approach. Fader automation is essential for rapid mixing, especially when you're dealing with multiple monitor mixes. Just press a mix key and the faders immediately fly to the send levels for that mix. Qu-32 features 33 motorized ALPS faders, 32 arranged over 2 layers, allowing instant access to all channels and masters in a compact space, plus a dedicated master fader which dynamically follows the mix selection. A third, Custom layer is available for ad-hoc user strip layout, where any combination of Inputs, FX Sends, FX Returns, Mix masters and MIDI strips can be assigned
iLive FX
Qu-32's dynamics and FX algorithms are derived from the FX used in our iLive pro touring series. Qu-32 boasts 4 stereo iLive FX engines, featuring lovingly crafted emulations of legendary classic reverbs, gated reverbs, delays, modulators, flangers, and more. The FX library has the ability to grow with future firmware releases. FX are returned to the mix on dedicated return channels, so you're not tying up your mono and stereo input channels. Each Stereo FX Return has a dedicated 4-band PEQ
Total Recall
True digital mixing is about being able to save and recall scenes (snapshots) at the press of a button. Qu-32 can store up to 100 full Scenes for recall at will. Channels and mixes can be made Safe from Scene recall. For example, if an instrument or mic gets swapped out after the soundcheck, the channel can be made safe to avoid settings being overridden by Scene recalls. Or if a broadcast feed or walk-in iPod is added last-minute before the show kicks off, that mix or channel can be made safe from any scene change. In addition, single parameter updates can be blocked using per scene Recall Filters or a Global Recall Filter. So if you tweak the graphic EQ to reflect the room response when the audience gets in, you can block this to prevent any overwriting at scene change. Custom settings for each EQ, compressor, channel or FX can be saved as Library presets. This lets you store your tried and tested SM58 EQ or reverb pattern and apply it to other channels or shows. Libraries, Scenes and the complete Show configuration can be saved to a USB key, so you can carry the show with you, ready to use on another Qu mixer
USB Audio Streaming
Qu-32's built-in interface streams multitrack audio to your Mac or PC via a flexible patching system: all Input channels and the Main LR can be recorded at the same time, or you may choose to record something different such as FX returns or a pair of mixes. The returns from the computer can be assigned to the Input channels. The interface is class-compliant on Mac OS X - and drivers are available for Windows systems. Either way, it will be recognized straightaway by any DAW supporting ASIO or Core Audio, including Logic, Cubase, Reaper, and Pro Tools
Qu-Drive
Forget soundcard drivers and software setup, Qu-32 has an integrated multitrack USB recorder, providing 18 channels of 48kHz, 24-bit recording and playback straight to / from your USB hard drive. Capturing multitrack recordings of your shows has never been so easy. Mixes and FX returns can be recorded alongside channels, and multitrack audio can be played back to the mixer for virtual sound-checks. An independent set of controls is provided for quick stereo recording of the main LR or other mix outputs, and a 2-track USB return can be routed to ST3 for playback of stereo WAV files such as walk-in music
ARMed to the Hilt
Qu-32 is equipped with 5 cores of high-efficiency ARM core processing, with dedicated ARM cores running the touchscreen display and surface, USB streaming, Qu-Drive multi-channel USB recording / playback, Ethernet and fader automation. Between them the ARM cores provide state-of-the-art processing, working in parallel to deliver extensive control, instant-on operation, and lightning-fast response. The mixer's DSP farm exploits next generation dual-core DSPs. With plenty of DSP power under the hood the channel processing is only using a fraction of capacity, so Qu-32 is future-proofed, with ample room for updates and extra functionality. The DSP architecture employs varied bit depths, tailored to specific algorithms, with 48 bits on critical EQ functions and a 56-bit accumulator on the mix bus where it really counts, allowing every nuance of the audio to be captured in the final mix
The Shape of Things to Come
Made from 18-gauge, cold-rolled Zintec steel, Qu-32's distinctive frame is designed for strength and rigidity. We've done unspeakable things to that chassis in the lab and it's taken everything we've thrown at it - even being stomped on by our resident ex-tank commander. Silence is a precious commodity in the live or studio environment, which is why nobody wants those moments of stillness ruined by the whirring of fans coming from the mix position. Qu-32's sleek profile generates optimal airflow through the mixer, eliminating the need for any fans
Qu-Pad
Add the Qu-Pad iPad app to your Qu setup and you're free to adjust the monitors on stage, roam around the venue whilst tweaking the PA, and then mix the show from the heart of the audience. Qu-Pad connects to the mixer over Wi-Fi* and gives instant access to all live mixing parameters and settings
ME Personal Mixing System
Qu-32 is fully compatible with our ME Personal Mixing System. Any number of ME-1 personal mixers can be chained from the dSNAKE port (or from an AR2412 / AB168 AudioRack if you've got one connected to the dSNAKE port). Each performer can be given tailored control over their own mix, leaving the engineer free to focus on the audience experience
dSNAKE
Qu-32 is a self-contained, so if you've already got the analogue cables you're good to go. If you're thinking of trading in the copper multicore for a Cat5 digital snake, Qu's dSNAKE port has you future-proofed, allowing connection to a combination of AR2412, AR84 or portable AB168 AudioRacks. dSNAKE is our proprietary networking solution, boasting a transport latency of only 105us over cable runs of up to 120m / 390'. So if you're mixing FoH you can place your I/O on the stage and run a single Cat5 cable back to the Qu mixer in the mix position
SoftKeys
Qu-32 packs 10 SoftKeys for more user-assignable functions such as Mute Groups, Tap Tempo, Scene navigation or PAFL Clear
The Matrix
Qu-32's Matrix has 2 further stereo outputs equipped with full processing to the console's extensive I/O. It is a 'mixer within a mixer,' fed from any combination of Group 1-4, Mix 1-10, and main LR. It can be used to provide a broadcast feed, a recording mix, or duplicate the main outputs for delay stacks and fill / zone speakers where independent GEQ and delay is applied
Inputs
Mic/Line Inputs Balanced, XLR and 1/4" TRS jack, fully recallable
Input Sensitivity: -60 to +5 / -50 to +15 dBu (XLR / TRS)
Analog Gain: -5 to +60 dB, 1 dB steps
Maximum Input Level: +19 / +29 dBu
Input Impedance: >5 kΩ (XLR), >10 kΩ (TRS)
THD+N, Unity Gain 0 dB: 0.0005%, -89 dBu (20 Hz to 20 kHz, direct out @ 0 dBu, 1 kHz)
THD+N, Mid Gain +30 dB: 0.001%, -83dBu 20 Hz to 20 kHz, direct out @ 0 dBu, 1 kHz)
Stereo Line Inputs ST1, ST2 Connector: Balanced, 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Jack, half-normalled
ST3 Connector: Unbalanced 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini jack
Input Sensitivity (ST1, ST2, ST3): +4 /0 dBu, nominal
Trim: +/-24 dB
Maximum Input Level (ST1, ST2, ST3): +22 /+18 dBu
Input Impedance: >7 kΩ
Outputs
Line Outputs Mix 1 to 10, GRP 1 to 4, MTX 1 to 4, LR Out: Balanced XLR
Output Impedance: <75Ω
Nominal Output: +4 dBu = 0 dB meter reading
Maximum Output Level: +22 dBu
Residual Output Noise: -90 C31 dBu (muted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Stereo Output Alt Output & 2 Trk Output: Balanced 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS jacks
Source (Alt Output/2 Trk Output): Patchable/LR post fade
Output Impedance: <75 Ω
Nominal Output: +4 dBu = 0 dB meter reading
Maximum Output Level: +22 dBu
Residual Output Noise: -90 dBu (muted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
AES Digital Audio Outputs 2-channel
48 kHz sampling rate
XLR Out
2.5 Vpp balanced terminated 110 Ω
dSNAKE
Inputs Remote source for CH1-32, ST1, ST2, ST3
Outputs Remote outputs for Mix1-10, LR, Grp1-8, MTX1-4
Compatible with AudioRacks AR2412, AR84, AB168
Compatible with ME personal mixing system
System
Dynamic Range 112 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+0/-0.5 dB)
Headroom +18 dB
Operating Level Internal Operating Level: 0 dBu
Alignment dBFS: +18 dBu = 0 dBFS (+22 dBu @ XLR output)
Calibration Meter Calibration: 0 dB meter = -18 dBFS (+4 dBu @ XLR output)
Indicators Meter Peak Indication: -3 dBFS (+19 dBu @ XLR out), multi-point sensing
Meter Signal Indication: -48 dBFS (-26 dBu @ XLR out)
Meter Type: Fast (peak) response
Sampling Rate 48 kHz +/-100 PPM
Converters 24-bit Delta-Sigma
Latency 1.2 ms (local XLR in to XLR out)
0.7 ms (local XLR in to AES out)
Operating Temperature 32° to 95°F (0° to 35°C)
Power Mains Power: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 150 W maximum
USB
USB Audio Qu-Drive: USB A
Device: Use a USB hard drive (not a USB key)
Stereo Record: 2-channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit, patchable
Stereo Playback: 2-channel, WAV, 44.1 or 48kHz, 16- or 24-bit, to ST3
Multitrack Record: 18-channel, WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit, patchable
Multitrack Playback: 18-channel, WAV, 48 kHz, 24-bit
USB Audio Streaming: USB B, Core Audio compliant
Send (upstream): 32-channel, WAV, 48 kHz, 24-bit
Return (downstream): 32-channel, WAV, 48 kHz, 24-bit
Controls
Faders 4" (100 mm), motorized
Touchscreen 7" TFT, 800 x 480 resolution
Softkeys 10
Groups Mute Groups: 4
DCA Groups: 4
Network TCP/IP Ethernet for MIDI commands and iPad app
Input Processing
Source Channels 1 to 32: Local, dSNAKE, or USB
ST1, ST2, ST3: Local, dSNAKE, or USB
USB Global Source: Qu-Drive or USB B Streaming
Stereo Linking Stereo Linking: Odd/even input pairs
Parameters Linked: EQ, dynamics, insert, delay, assignments, sends
Link Options: Preamp, polarity, sidechains, fader, mute, pan
Polarity Normal & reverse
HPF 12 dB/octave, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Insert Assign FX1-4 into input channels
Delay Up to 85 ms
Gate Self-key sidechain
Threshold: -72 to +18 dBu
Depth: 0 to 60 dB
Attack: 50 μs to 300 ms
Hold: 10 ms to 5 s
Release: 10 ms to 1 s
Equalizer 4-band fully parametric, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-15 dB
Band 1: Selectable LF shelving (Baxandall), bell
Band 2 & 3: Bell
Band 4: Selectable HF shelving (Baxandall), bell
Bell Width: Non-constant Q, variable, 1.5 to 1/9 octave
Compressor Self-key sidechain
Threshold: -46 to 18 dBu
Ratio: 1:1 to infinity
Attack: 300 μs to 300 ms
Release: 100 ms to 2 s
Knee: Soft or Hard
Types: Peak manual, RMS manual, SlowOpto, PunchBag
Output Channel Direct Out to USB: Follow fader, follow mute (global options)
Source Select (Global): Post-preamp, pre-EQ, post-EQ, post-delay
Mix Processing
Insert Assign FX into Mix channels
Delay Up to 170 ms
Equalizer Graphic EQ: Constant 1/3 octave, 28 bands from 31 Hz to 16 kHz, +/-12 dB
Parametric EQ: 4-band fully parametric, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- 15 dB
Band 1: Selectable LF shelving (Baxandall), bell
Band 2 & 3: Bell
Band 4: Selectable HF shelving (Baxandall), bell
Bell Width: Non-constant Q, variable, 1.5 to 1/9 octave
Compressor Self-key sidechain
Threshold: -46 to 18 dBu
Ratio: 1:1 to infinity
Attack: 300 μs to 300 ms
Release: 100 ms to 2 s
Knee: Soft or Hard
Types: Peak manual, RMS manual, SlowOpto, PunchBag
Effects Internal FX: 4x RackFX engines, Send>Return or Inserted
Types: Reverbs, delays, gated reverbs, ADT, chorus, symphonic chorus, phaser, flanger
4x Dedicated Stereo FX Returns: Fader, pan, mute, routing to Mix/LR, 4-band PEQ
Audio Tools
PAFL PFL or stereo in-place AFL
0 to -24 dB trim
85 ms delay
Talkback Assignable to any mix
12 dB/octave HPF
Signal Generator Assignable to any mix
Sine, white, pink, bandpass noise
RTA 31-bands, 1/3 octave 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Follows PAFL source
General
Dimensions (WxDxH) Desk Mounted: 33.5 x 19.7 x 7.4" (850 x 500 x 186 mm)
Weight 44 lb (20 g)
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